There were many excellent candidates for SCIC’s Performance of the Week award this week.
Miami Heat forward LeBron James, Los Angeles Clippers’ point guard Chris Paul and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant are the three best players in the league and will likely be in the running for this award every single week.
This week, we’ll go with the guy who has officially become a superstar and has led his team to a perfect 9-0 start, Indiana Pacers’ forward Paul George.
When forward Danny Granger, the Pacers’ long time leading scorer, went down last year, there was a slight panic.
However, all the Pacers did was make George the focal point of the offense and he nearly led the Pacers to an NBA Championship (If you’ll remember the Pacers pushed the Heat to seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals).
This season, George has been even better.
In nine games, the former Fresno State Bulldog is averaging 24.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.
In three games in the last week, George scored 24, 23 and 22 points. He shot at least 55.6% from the floor and each game and missed just one free throw while the Pacers defeated three playoff teams from last year.
I know George was named the league’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week last week, but this is a much more prestigious award.